WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Eight (Tuesday, Jan. 23rd)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


Adrianna Dowdy

Women’s Player of the Week: Adrianna Dowdy (Becker College | Jr. | East Haven, Conn.):  Dowdy demonstrated why she’s one of the best inside players in the NECC this past week, averaging 15 points and 15.3 rebounds per game over three games, while shooting 58.1 percent from the floor. Dowdy also averaged 2.3 assists. Dowdy led the way for the Hawks in their win against the Wildcats of Wheelock with a double-double including 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 assists. Then in Saturday’s home victory over Elms, the junior recorded her eighth double-double of the season and her sixth in the last seven games as she scored 15 points with a game-high 19 rebounds, shooting five of nine from the floor.


Isabella Nerney

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Isabella Nerney (Nichols College | Fr. | Guilford, Conn.): Isabella Nerney averaged 12.7 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 steals per game across three games this week. Nerney had nine points, two rebounds, and an assist in a 76-70 setback at Eastern Nazarene. She followed that up with 15 points, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a 61-48 loss to Coast Guard. She wrapped up the week with 15 points, two rebounds, an assist, and two steals in a 62-43 defeat to Roger Williams. For the week she shot 36.4% (12-of-33) from the field, 40% (8-of-20) from beyond the arc, and 85.7% (6-of-7) from the free throw line.


Women’s Honor Roll: 

Ogechi Ezemma (Clark University | Jr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): Ezemma averaged 8.5 points per game last week, while combining for 16 rebounds in two contests – she pulled down a team and game-high 13 caroms in a 57-46 setback to MIT last Saturday. Against Smith, she connected on four of nine shots from the field for 12 points and sank four of five freebies. She also added three defensive rebounds, two assists and one block in the 71-48 setback to the Pioneers. A few days later against MIT, she tallied five points, one assist and one steal.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Soph. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 18.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and one steal per game in two contests for the Falcons. She notched 16 points, three boards, and one assist in an 82-53 setback to MCLA on Thursday before adding 21 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in a 74-63 setback to Worcester State on Saturday.

Allison Cerrato (Nichols College | Sr. | Rockland, Mass.): Allison Cerrato averaged 12.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist, and 1.3 steals per game in three games this week. Cerrato scored 20 points to go with eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in a 76-70 setback to Eastern Nazarene. She followed that up with 12 points, eight rebounds, an assist, and a steal in a 61-48 defeat to Coast Guard, and wrapped up the week with five points, nine rebounds, and two steals in a 62-43 loss to Roger Williams. For the week she shot 46.7% (14-of-30) from the field and 90% (9-of-10) from the free throw line.

Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Soph. | Lowell, Mass.): Sweeney was three assists shy of a triple-double, registering 16 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks, and a steal in the Lancers’ 74-63 win over Fitchburg State last week. She shot 77.8% from the floor, making 7-of-9 shots.

Stasha Greenalch (WPI | Sr. | Newington, Conn.): Greenalch averaged 12 points, five assists, three rebounds and 1.5 steals in the Engineers 2-0 week.  The senior came off the bench to score seven points and hand out four assists at Wellesley. Greenalch then poured in 17 points on 58.3 percent shooting (7-of-12) to go with six helpers against Wheaton.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Eight (Tuesday, Jan. 23rd)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Men’s Player of the Week: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza averaged a double-double of 21.3 points and 15 rebounds in a trio of games last week as Anna Maria went 1-2 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play. He netted 22 points and pulled down 19 rebounds in a 105-87 victory over Rivier before tallying 19 points and 11 caroms in a 64-55 setback to Lasell. Two days later against St. Joseph’s (Maine), the sophomore recorded 23 points and 15 rebounds in a five-point setback to the Monks. Rapoza has now recorded 13 double-doubles this season.


Jacob Grandison

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jacob Grandison (Holy Cross | Fr. | Oakland, Calif.): Grandison scored nine points in the victory over Army last week, including a pair of three-pointers in the final two minutes to bring Holy Cross back from a two-point deficit for the win. He tallied 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists at Bucknell and tied his career-high for rebounds in the same game, while coming up just one point short of his career high in scoring. For the week, he averaged 11.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists on the week, while hitting five of 11 three-pointers.


Men’s Honor Roll:

Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola posted another stellar week for the Hawks, averaging 24.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game over three games. The senior shot 57.7 percent from the floor and averaged 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals on the defensive end. The highlight of his week came on Thursday at Newbury, when he went the distance playing 55 minutes and scoring 32 points as Becker prevailed in triple overtime.

Brandon Harris (Fitchburg State | Jr. | San Bernardino, Calif.): Harris averaged 16.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, three assists and 0.5 blocks per game in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. He posted 13 points, one rebound, one assist and one block in a 77-64 setback to MCLA on Thursday before adding a team-best 20 points, two rebounds and five assists in a 91-88 win over Worcester State on Saturday.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 week by averaging 24.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals per game. Echevarria scored 26 points to go with a pair of rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a 79-76 win at Eastern Nazarene. He wrapped up the week with 22 points, four rebounds, six assists, and two more steals in an 82-79 win over Roger Williams. For the week, he shot 41.4% (12-of-29) from the field, 52.6% (10-of-19) from beyond the arc, and 87.5% (14-of-16) from the charity stripe.

Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Soph. | Oxford, Mass.): McCarthy led all scoring Saturday (Jan. 20) with 32 points, going 12-for-16 (75%) from the field and 8-for-9 (88.9%) from the charity stripe. He also recorded five rebounds and four assists in the setback to Fitchburg State.

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Jan. 22nd)

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By NoontimeSports.com

With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, January 22nd, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past six polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, January 22nd, 2018

1. MIT 

15-2, 5-1 NEWMAC  Last Week: No. 1

2. Eastern Conn. State

15-2, 7-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 3

3. Wesleyan University

13-3, 3-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

4. Middlebury College

14-3, 4-1 NESCAC 

Last Week: No. 5

5. Hamilton College

15-1, 3-1 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

6. Williams College

13-4, 3-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6

7. Salem State 

15-3, 5-0 MASCAC

Last Week: No. 8 

8. Nichols College

14-2, 8-1 CCC

Last Week: No. 9

9. Keene State 

12-5, 6-1 LEC

Last Week: No. 10

10. Springfield College 11-6, 5-1 NEWMAC

Last Week: NR 

On The Rise: Amherst College (10-6, 2-2 NESCAC), Albertus Magnus (11-4, 8-0 GNAC), Bowdoin College (12-4, 2-2 NESCAC), Endicott College (12-5, 7-3 CCC), Gordon College (11-6, 7-3 CCC), Trinity College (13-4, 2-2 NESCAC), Tufts University (12-5, 3-2 NESCAC)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Jan. 22nd)

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By NoontimeSports.com

With another week of New England Division III women’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, January 22nd, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past six polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Women’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, January 22nd, 2018

1. Amherst College

18-0, 4-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Bowdoin College

18-0, 4-0 NESCAC

Last Week No. 2

3. Tufts University

16-2, 4-1 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. UMass Dartmouth

13-3, 7-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Middlebury College

13-4, 3-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 7

6. Roger Williams 

14-3, 8-2 CCC

Last Week: No. 5 

7. Univ. of New England

12-3, 8-1 CCC

Last Week: No. 8 

8. St. Joseph’s (ME)

15-1, 8-0 GNAC

Last Week: NR

9. Smith College

12-4, 6-2 NEWMAC

Last Week: NR 

10. Springfield College

13-5, 7-2 NEWMAC

Last Week: NR

On The Rise: Babson College (12-6, 8-2 NEWMAC), Brandeis University (9-6, 1-4 UAA), Castleton University (14-2, 10-0 NAC), Conn. College (11-5, 2-3 NESCAC), MIT (11-5, 7-2 NEWMAC), Trinity College (13-5, 1-3 NESCAC), UMass Boston (15-2, 6-1 LEC), Wesleyan University (11-5, 2-3 NESCAC) and WPI (14-4, 7-2 NEWMAC)

New England D3 Hoops Round-Up: Saturday Highlights (LINKS)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Saturday was a crazy day in New England D3 Hoops with upsets, new records and yes, even a coach earning 100 wins – congrats Coach Santa Fe!

Here are the highlights from what was an exciting and busy day of D3 Hoops!

Let’s congratulate (once again) Coach Angela Santa Fe on reaching 100 wins as the Regis College  women’s basketball team defeated Suffolk University in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play.

Johnny McCarthy and the Amherst College men’s basketball team cruised to an impressive win over Hamilton College this afternoon. The win – the Mammoths’ 10th of the season and second in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play – halted the Continentals’ 15-game winning streak, which dates back to last November!

The Amherst College women’s basketball team established a new program for consecutive wins – 51, to be exact – as they also defeated Hamilton this afternoon, too.

Nick Gilpin recorded a layup with 13 seconds remaining, which helped Bates College stun Tufts University, 77-75. The win snapped a three-game losing streak, too.

Abby Kelly scored a team-high 17 points as the Bowdoin College women’s basketball team cruised to a 74-33 win over Colby College to improve to 17-0 overall.

David Reynolds netted a career-high 29 points to lead the Bowdoin men’s basketball team past Colby, 83-77. The Polar Bears led the Mules, 46-33 at the break, but relied on its defense to secure the win as Colby outscored the hosts, 44-37, in the second half.

MIT erased a five-point deficit at the break to defeat Babson College in overtime by a score of 80-78. Bradley Jomard (MIT) recorded a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds in the win – he almost recorded a triple-double, but finished with eight assists.

The UMass Dartmouth women’s basketball team netted 31 points in the third quarter en route to defeating Plymouth State, 78-64.

The UMass Boston women’s basketball team rebounded from a mid-week setback to defeat Keene State this afternoon to secure a season sweep for the second time in program history.

Thanks to 15 points from Alex Goslin, the Springfield College women’s basketball team was able to defeat Babson College for an important New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory.

The WPI men’s basketball team collaborated for 13 trifectas this afternoon to defeat Clark University.

A 28 point third quarter helped the Castleton University women’s basketball team defeat Thomas to improve to 10-0 in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play.

Despite a 58-49 setback to Gordon College, Curry College’s Emily Irwin recorded her 1,000th point, while pacing the Colonels with a game-high 20 points.

Olivia Bolden became the third member of the Albertus Magnus women’s basketball program to reach 1,000 points.

Sam Maglione netted six triples and tallied 26 points as Worcester State women’s basketball top Fitchburg State to even its record at 8-8.

A second half surge helped Nichols College men’s basketball rally to defeat Roger Williams (82-79) and extend its current winning streak to five-games.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Seven (Weds. Jan. 17th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


Shaun McCarthy POW

Men’s Player of the Week: Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Soph. | Oxford, Mass.): The sophomore forward averaged double-double figures of 27.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per game in an 0-3 week for the Blue and Gold. McCarthy posted a career-high 32 points and 12 rebounds with two assists in the setback to Sage earlier in the week. He then put up 24 points and 12 rebounds in the to Framingham State, and 27 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to MCLA. Overall this week, he shot 57.7% (30-52) from the field.


Matt Morrow ROW

Men’s Rookie of the WeekMatt Morrow (Nichols College | Fr. | Leicester, Mass.): Morrow helped lead the Bison to a 3-0 mark this past week, averaging 9.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game. In a 100-68 win at Curry, Morrow notched his first career double-double with a career-high 17 points, 13 rebounds, and an assist. He followed that up with an all-around game of six points, five rebounds, three assists, a steal, and two blocks in a 90-64 win over Salve Regina. He wrapped up the week with five points, two rebounds, an assist, a block, and three steals in a 72-65 come-from-behind win at Wentworth.


Men’s Honor Roll:

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Soph. |Charlton, Mass): Rapoza recorded his 10th double-double of the season last week in Anna Maria’s lone contest against Mount Ida by netting a career-high 29 points, while pulling down a career-best 22 rebounds.

Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola averaged 24.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks per game over three games this past week while shooting 46.3 percent from the floor. The senior led Becker to conference wins over Wheelock and Elms.

Tyrell St. John (Fitchburg State | Soph. | Stamford, Conn.): St. John posted 12 points, one rebound, two assists, five steals and one block in an 80-63 setback to Salem State University last Wednesday in the Falcons lone contest of the week.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a 3-0-mark last week, averaging 20.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 3.0 steals per game. Echevarria scored 12 points, but added a pair of rebounds, 10 assists and four steals in a 100-68 win over Curry. He followed that up with 22 points, three rebounds, six assists, and two steals in a 90-64 victory against Salve Regina. He wrapped up the week with 26 points, three rebounds, five assists, and three more steals in a 72-65 come-from-behind win at Wentworth on Saturday. For the week, Echevarria shot 47.6% (20-of-42) from the field and 55% (11-of-20) from beyond the arc, while dishing out 21 assists to just three turnovers in three games.

Chris Rodgers (WPI | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): Rodgers paced the Engineers with an average of 18.5 points and eight rebounds, as well as 11 assists and four steals in a 2-0 week. He also clicked for 83.3 percent (10-of-12) free throw shooting at Wheaton. The senior also posted 19 points and seven rebounds versus the Lyons. He then logged game-highs of 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists at Coast Guard.


#ICYMIKareem Davis (Becker | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Davis became the 19th player in school history to reach the celebrated thousand point plateau for his career, and the ninth player to do so under head coach Brian Gorman, on January 3rd versus UMass Dartmouth. Davis was fouled on a three-point attempt just 2:58 into the game and buried the first two shots to reach the hallowed mark. He would finish the game with 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Seven (Weds. Jan. 17th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


Catherine Sweeney POW

Women’s Player of the Week: Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Soph. | Lowell, Mass.): Worcester State University’s sophomore guard capped off a 1-2 week for the Lancers with a triple-double of 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists with three blocks and a steal in a 63-52 win over MCLA on Saturday. Earlier in the week, Sweeney put up six points with 15 rebounds, four steals and three assists against one of the top teams in the country, Tufts, and chipped in five points with 10 rebounds and six assists in the setback to Framingham State. Overall this week, Sweeney averaged eight points, 12.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.3 blocks. She shot 60% (9-15) from the field and 75% (6-8) from the charity stripe.


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Women’s Rookie of the Week: Mikaela Mitchell (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Millbury, Mass.): Averaged 9.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 0.5 blocks per game in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. Netted seven points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in an 84-53 win over Anna Maria on Monday before adding a double-double of 12 points and 13 boards as well as one assist and four steals in a 69-45 setback against Salem State on Wednesday.


Women’s Honor Roll

Kristina Russo (Anna Maria College | Sr. | South Windsor, Conn): In a trio of games last week, Russo averaged 13.3 points. Her best performance of the week came against Fitchburg State when she netted a team-high 17 points. Three days later against Suffolk University, she scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds. She concluded the week with 13 points in a setback to St. Joe’s (Conn).

Shannon Hofmiller (Anna Maria College | Jr. | Oxford, Conn): Hoffmiller scored a career-high 15 points against Fitchburg State last week while also pulling down eight rebounds. She also recorded a trio of blocks in the setback, as well, while concluding the game with four assists. Against Suffolk and St. Joe’s, she recorded six rebounds in each contest, while scoring four and seven points, respectively.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Jr. | Easton, Mass.): Morgan O’Donnell led Assumption to a 2-0 week, averaging 13.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, one steal and one block per game. The junior scored 13 points with seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks as the Hounds upset No. 17/23 St. Thomas Aquinas, 72-60. O’Donnell followed that up with 14 points, five rebounds and two assists in just 21 minutes, as Assumption outlasted Pace by a score of 67-50.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker | Soph. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison averaged 22.7 points and 4.0 steals per game over three games this past week, leading Becker to an overtime win over MCLA and carrying the Hawks in narrow losses to Dean and Newbury.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Soph. | Manchester, N.H.): Averaged 16.5 points, five rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.5 steals per contest in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. Posted 21 points, three boards, three assists and three steals in an 84-53 win over Anna Maria on Monday before adding 12 points, seven rebounds and two steals in a 69-45 setback to Salem State on Wednesday

Allison Cerrato (Nichols College | Sr. | Rockland, Mass.): Cerrato averaged 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 2.3 steals per game this week. Cerrato had six points, four rebounds, an assist, and two steals in a 64-38 setback to Curry. She followed that up with 11 points, three rebounds, and assist, and five steals as the Bison fell to Salve Regina, 71-57. She wrapped up the week with a career-high 20 points to go with nine rebounds and an assist in a 72-71 defeat at Wentworth.

Ama Biney (WPI | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney averaged 21 points, nine rebounds to go with 14 assists, 13 steals, and three blocks in a 2-1 week. The local product began with 20 points and six boards versus Clark and narrowly missed her career-high with 27 points and 10 rebounds against Coast Guard. In Saturday’s OT setback at MIT, Biney netted 16 points and 11 rebounds. Her week was bookended with five assists while the first two games featured five steals apiece.


#ICYMI: Ciara McKissick (Becker | Jr. | Charlton, Mass.): McKissick finished with her first career triple-double as the Becker College women’s basketball team prevailed 78-72 over visiting Mount Ida College on Tuesday, January 2nd. McKissick scored 12 points with 14 rebounds and ten assists, the latter two totals representing game-highs for the Hawks of Becker (6-4). The junior also recorded two steals and a block on the defensive end while shooting 54 percent from the floor.